Save your own damn language

I see the bro-roracy has got its hand out for more money.

The Waitangi Tribunal has released a scathing assessment of the Crown’s performance on te reo Maori in the last 25 years, recommending urgent action to halt the decline of the language.

Led by presiding officer Justice Joe Williams, the tribunal has taken the unusual step of releasing a single chapter of an upcoming inquiry report.

In the report, the tribunal says the Government has underperformed in its duty to protect te reo Maori and the language is now approaching crisis point.

“We make no apology for the fact that our proposals are far-reaching. Simply the gravity of the situation calls for appropriate action,” the report says.

We all know what “appropriate action” means. Taxpayers having their pockets picked to save a dying language that no-one has any interest in bothering to learn, even the original speakers of the language.

To arrest the decline the tribunal wants Te Taura Whiri, The Maori Language Commission, to have more powers to compel public bodies to contribute to te reo’s revival.

It says targets for training te reo teachers must be met and language plans for public bodies and schools approved, as well as education curricula.

Furthermore, the tribunal says Te Taura Whiri’s board should become a Crown-Maori partnership. In practice that would mean having equal appointees from both sides to reflect shared responsibility in te reo survival.

Currently, Te Puni Kokiri has a major role in language survival but the tribunal also wants this to pass to the commission so that problems around “leadership” can be overcome.

Words like compel give me the shits.

“I am sure the government can do more, and do it better, to support te reo Maori and the communities who are the kaitiaki of their reo,” he said

When politicians, particularly Maori politicians like Pita Sharples, say things like the government can do more what they really mean is the government can pay more.

Frankly if a race of people can’t be bothered to learn and nuture their own language then why the hell should we pay to save it for them. The only places that maori is used anyway is in the government sector where politically correct policies are in place. In the business world and any where else maori is simply not used. It isn’t relevant, it isn’t needed and it can go the same place Latin went.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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